For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – New York Films of the 70’s., here’s a review of Annie Hall (1977) by Me
Thanks again to Paul of Silver Screen Classics for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Howard Casner of Ranting and Ravings and we will be reviewing our favorite French Film Noir.
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Howard!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (video, DVD, 20 Jun 2013 and 29 Jun 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A neurotic New Yorker tries to come to terms with his on-again off-again relationship with an eccentric woman.
My Take on it – When it comes to romantic comedies, this movie is one of the best ever made and it still works so well even after 43 years.
Woody Allen wrote and directed a masterpiece that is timeless in its message about love and relationships.
The chemistry between Allen and co-star Diane Keaton is superb and it is so easy to believe that these two are truly in a loving relationship.
The story has a great serious manner to it, yet it is filled with so many great funny lines that work so well in keeping things light and fun.
The story is told in a very non-linear fashion and comes across as being slightly choppy in its delivery yet that helps create such a perfect love story between these characters.
In addition, Allen’s use of segues and breaking the 4th wall to talk directly to the audience works so well and actually enhances things so much because it helps endear the characters and the story to the audience no matter how often this movie is watched.
I am not a fan of most of Allen’s work, but this truly is his masterpiece because of the way it resonates so well in speaking to the audience via these neurotic and eccentric characters who are so lovable.
This is a very deserving winner of it’s many awards including the 4 Oscars it received for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress.
(Despite the fact that it beat out one of the greatest films of all time)
Bottom Line – Hilarious romantic comedy that works so well even after 43 years. Allen and Keaton have amazing chemistry here and that help make things work so well. The story is peppered with some great humor that all comes across quite realistically throughout. the story is a biot choppy and the way that it is told in a non-linear fashion can be a bit jarring at first, but it helps create such a perfect love story. Allen does a wonderful job adding in segues throughout the film including breaking the 4th wall that helps endear this story no matter how often one has seen it. Allen’s best work because it really is able to speak to the audience through these neurotic yet lovable characters. Deserving of it’s Oscar for Best Picture and Director (even if it managed to beat one of the greatest films ever made). Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where Alvy and Annie are at their psychiatrists, which looks like a split screen scene, was actually shot simultaneously on one set with an adjoining wall. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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